Our people are at the core of what makes our group such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We’re proud of the diversity of our team, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we’re working on. Together, we’ve planned and executed some of the most innovative and cutting edge experiments. Find out more about our team members below.
CLARENCE E. CHOI
Dr Choi is Assistant Professor of the Geotechnical Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. He is a Board Member of the International Consortium of Landslides of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chair-nominated Member of the Technical Committee on Slope Stability (TC208) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Hong Kong nominated representative for the Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) on natural slopes and landslides, founding and current chair of the Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee of the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP), and an invited expert scientist on the One Belt One Road Mountain Disaster Dynamics and Integrated Prevention team of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also an Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Landslides. Clarence received the 2021 Bright Spark Award from the ISSMGE, the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the U.K., the 2017 R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Fugro Paper Prize from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2015. Dr Choi was appointed a Junior Fellow of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study from 2015 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2019. He was also appointed as an individual member to the class of 2019 of the Chinese Association of Young Scientists and Technologists (第六届中国青年科技工作者协会).
Dr Du obtained his BSc in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009, and his MSc and PhD degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2011 and 2020, respectively. He also studied at MIT in a joint PhD program.
Feihong Gao graduated from Central South University with first-class honors. She has been awarded the Presidential Fellowship and numerous National Competition Awards.
Zhengyu obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Central South University before joining the University of Hong Kong as a PhD student.
Dr Nikooei obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
Pengjia graduated at the top of his class at Sichuan University for his undergraduate studies.
WILSON LAP YIN WAN
Wilson is a third year undergraduate student in the Civil Engineering program at the University of Hong Kong.
Jiaxu obtained his Master's degree from Dalian University of Technology with first-class academic standings and received numerous academic awards and scholarships.
Timothy graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BEng in Civil Engineering. He worked as a geotechnical engineer at Fugro with a focus on slope engineering.
Mr. Yu obtained his Masters from the University of Sydney.
Dr Zhang obtained his PhD from Shandong University and received numerous national awards for his research.
DR GEORGE R. GOODWIN
Former Postdoctoral Fellow (now Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment INRAE of France)
Dr Goodwin obtained his PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and was awarded the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. He was awarded the Telford Premium Prize from the ICE, UK. His research focuses on numerical methods for modelling flow-type geohazards and countermeasures against them.